Our Maths curriculum follows the Mastery approach – aiming to deepen children’s thinking rather than extending content too quickly.
At Lake View, we plan using the 'Power Maths' scheme - as one of the the only government recommended schemes - for following the Mastery approach. We still have access to other materials such as White Rose, NCETM and Numicon as well as a list of approved sites to support in delivering the subject.
We believe that children learn in different ways – we encourage the use of real objects/concrete apparatus, throughout school. Another method we teach children is the pictorial way. We encourage children to draw in order to solve problems. When children are competent in certain mathematical concepts they may be able to solve problems in an abstract way.
At Lake View, children will learn to be fluent in the learning objectives for their year groups. Children are taught the lesson objectives for their year group, children are pre-taught and have instant input (Master Class) in order for the children to all access the same learning objective, overt differentiation is not part of the mastery curriculum. Children then learn to problem solve using these skills going on to developing their reasoning skills – within the objectives of their year group. Fluency is encouraged through our half termly 'KIRFs' (Key Instant Recall Facts) and the use of 'Times Tables Rock Stars' to increase knowledge and application of the multiplication tables. This is in our drive to ensure all children are secure in these facts by the end of Year 4.
Mathematics at Lake View is constantly evolving and we are currently working on how to deliver Maths skills in a more cross-curricular approach.
For further information about this subject, such as for example the policy, please contact the school office